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Good morning HQ, how are you all today? I've had another of my ideas re. Aibu

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Mintyy Fri 23-Nov-12 11:07:54

How about renaming the whole topic

Petty Gripes


I think that would stop people from posting chat or serious questions in the aibu topic, and petty gripes pretty accurately describes the rest of what is left in there.

Then I could hide Petty Gripes without the nagging fear that I might miss something interesting or helpful because people will not give a bit of thought to where they put their questions.

What say you?


HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Nov-12 11:11:52

Good morning, Mintyy. And grin at this.

We are fine, thank you. But probably need a topic today called Blinkin' Major Gripes.

Or maybe that's just me...

CarpeJugulum Fri 23-Nov-12 11:16:35

I think you'd need to subdivide it into

"Light-hearted petty gripes"


"Controversial petty gripes with drip-feeding"

HTH wink grin

Also, what about
"Petty gripes that are really reverse petty gripes"

PeggyCarter Fri 23-Nov-12 11:20:48

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CarpeJugulum Fri 23-Nov-12 11:21:03

Ooooh Oooh Oooh!

"petty gripes that have been done to death" aka P&C, BF v FF etc.

GeraldineAubergine Fri 23-Nov-12 11:22:21

'Please be aware your petty gripes may attract vicious and unnecessarily cruel responses from other posters and usually you are the wrongdoer in most people's opinion. Petty gripes is not a fight club, but there will be arguments and swears.'

Mintyy Fri 23-Nov-12 11:26:16

"Petty gripes that you must agree with op on"

"petty gripes that nevertheless take one immense paragraph to describe"

"petty gripes where op doesn't come back"

See? There's room for lots of little sub-topics.

Sorry to hear about the Major Gripes Helen brew and a biscuit for you.

SuePurblybiltbyElves Fri 23-Nov-12 11:29:33

I agree that the AIBU phrasing encourages eejits posters to put AIBU to think something banal or AIBU to ask a question that should be in Chat.

Let's call it Arsewipes and Petty Gripes.

FivesAndNorks Fri 23-Nov-12 12:17:58

You need "Petty gripes that go on and on in an immense OP with no paragraphs and little punctuation, and you get to the end and still don't get it"..
Needs a snappier name hough

BlameItOnTheCuervHoHoHo Fri 23-Nov-12 12:23:26

How about "kick anyone who disagrees with you"?

KeemaNaanAndCurryOn Fri 23-Nov-12 12:25:07

I like it slightly the other way around. "Petty Gripes for Arsewipes"
That way it covers both the content and a good chunk of the responders.

SouthernComforts Fri 23-Nov-12 12:30:09

There should be a whole topic just for 'who is BU, me or MIL?'

e.g 'My MIL looks after my dc for free 5 days a week so I can work, but yesterday she gave the 10 month old a chocolate finger. aibu to kill her and bury her under the patio?'

DowagersHump Fri 23-Nov-12 12:30:11

I think it should be more panto-themed. So AIBU (oh yes you are, oh no I'm not, etc)

FivesAndNorks Fri 23-Nov-12 12:30:11

Mine should be "Is my shaggy dog being unreasonable?"

greenhill Fri 23-Nov-12 12:32:30

What about 'petty gripes (beware verbiage)' as a topic?

That way we won't spend 5 minutes ploughing through incomprehensible nonsense and bad spelling / punctuation...sadly only pedants, like me, will know what verbiage means <sigh>
I like the 'kick poster' option when I'm in a bad mood <see ^^ for causes>

I'm on the fence about 'hide poster' while it will improve my BP I do have the option of switching of MN for a few hours...

IAmSoFuckingRock Fri 23-Nov-12 12:39:13

we need 'petty gripes' and then 'response to petty gripes from the other party who was informed at the school gate that she was being griped about' wink

IAmSoFuckingRock Fri 23-Nov-12 12:40:59

oh yes a kick poster button would be great.

SuePurblybiltbyElves Fri 23-Nov-12 13:09:53

What if we made AIBU poll only? So AIBU then three tick boxes - Yes YABU, No YANBU and Do Fuck Off, there's a Lamb.
No bunfights, no drama. Just lovely statistical answers.

FivesAndNorks Fri 23-Nov-12 13:12:40

What about yes yabu and dfotal?

Lougle Fri 23-Nov-12 13:17:36

Then you'd need another topic called 'My gripe is so not petty!!'

BlameItOnTheCuervHoHoHo Fri 23-Nov-12 13:36:25

There could be a special link to flouncers corner!

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 20:56:05

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NulliusInBlurba Sat 24-Nov-12 21:08:40

Maryz - I'd like to remind you that I once posted an AIBU question because I genuinely wanted to know whether a particular activity by my SIL was acceptable, got a two-thirds opinion that it was fine and what was I bleating about, of course IWBU etc, so I said 'fair enough, good to know', and your response was essentially 'you're no fun accepting our opinion, you're meant to flounce off now'. So could it really be, Maryz, that you engage with IABU because you're really looking for a bunfight and are not interested in the second option at all? <narrows eyes accusingly in mock disgust> grin

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 21:11:07

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